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Comics A.M. | Spiegelman talks Grand Prix, Stephenson talks industry

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Comics A.M. | Spiegelman talks Grand Prix, Stephenson talks industry

Creators | Michael Cavna talks with cartoonist Art Spiegelman about being only the third American to receive the Grand Prix from the Angoulême International Comics Festival. As recipient of the honor, the 62-year-old artist will help plan next year’s festival. “I don’t know whether you should say ‘congratulations’ or ‘condolences,’ ” he says. [The Washington Post]

Legal | A Michigan judge on Monday ordered the DNA of former retailer Michael George to be compared with a hair found on the body of his wife when she was shot to death in 1990 in their comic book store. George, 50, was found guilty in March 2008 of first-degree murder, but that conviction was set aside because of prosecutorial misconduct and the possibility of new evidence. [The Detroit News]

Publishing | Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson discusses the state of the company, cover prices, digital comics, and the health of the medium and the industry: “I think the industry has certainly been healthier, but I’m not going to go on my blog and write about how the sky is falling, like some have done. I mean, I get it: The sky has fallen for you, but don’t try to apply your weird logic to the rest of the business just because bad decisions have pushed you personally to the brink of collapse. I mean, look: This year is actually my 20th year of working in comics in one form or another, and pretty much from day one, it’s been nothing but doom and gloom from all quarters. Is the industry in perfect health? For fuck’s sake, no. Things could be much, much better, but you know, we’re slogging through this shit economy and then asking people to buy five Deadpool comics. People aren’t having it.” [Multiversity Comics]

Publishing | Rich Johnston delves into financial documents and comes away with a snapshot of Radical Publishing’s inner workings. [Bleeding Cool]

Publishing | Douglas Wolk compares the issue counts of recent comic-book events — including tie-ins and one-shots — and declares Secret Invasion king with a staggering total of 102. [Techland]

Publishing | On a related note, David Uzumeri looks at recent comic-event marketing. [Comics Alliance]

Retailing | Atlantis Comics in Lakewood, Colorado, has announced it will no longer be receiving shipments of comics, “or anything else new for that matter.” However, owner Rod DiManna, who opened the store in 1994, wrote on its website that he won’t be closing the store, as he still has a lease to honor. Instead, he’ll sell his back stock. “This is all very sudden for me, as it is for most of you,” DiManna wrote. “There are a multitude of reasons why this is happening, and now really isn’t time for me to go into lots of detail about it. However, I promise I will eventually lay it all out for everybody soon. I look forward to telling you all about it.” [Atlantis Comics]

Retailing | Kansas City’s B-Bop Comics will close its 11-year-old midtown location in March. [The Pitch]

Creators | Mike Mignola writes briefly about his career with Dark Horse. [Dark Horse]

Creators | Matthias Wivel concludes his two-part conversation with Chris Ware. []

Creators | Faith Erin Hicks recounts how she became a comic-book consumer. [And Then Canada Exploded]

Creators | Kiel Phegley, news editor of Comic Book Resources, writes about Gene Luen Yang’s recent lecture at his graduate school. [The Cool Kids Table]

Events | A new exhibit called “The Browns and the Van Pelts: Siblings in Peanuts” will run through June 19 at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif. [Press Democrat]

Webcomics | Oliver Ho spotlights Cameron Stewart’s Sin Titulo. [PopMatters]

Comics | Blogosphere godfather NeilAlien hands out the Doctor Strange-centric 2010 NeilAlien Awards. [NeilAlien]

Comics | Jase Peeples traces the history of Batwoman. [SheWired]

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